[Prince Edward Island Hall of Fame: Following military service in World War I, Francis began competing as a member of the Abegweit Amateur Athletic Association in middle-distance events. In 1922, he set a provincial record for the half-mile. In 1923, he made history when he "registered a thrilling upset victory in the mile race at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Halifax." His time (4:32 1/5) broke a Maritime record that had stood for fifteen years.]
Reference: Nova Scotia Archives The Sunday Leader, Halifax, N.S., 14 Oct. 1923
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